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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 21, 2008 8:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Set Barometer (this is really just an add-on to my previous post)

I actually think two of the mellower Jerry tunes--when played to ecstatic fruition--are always indicators of a great show to come.

If you get a hot "Birdsong" in Set One, you're usually in for a great ride. Exhibit A would be a show you (SDH) highlighted not long ago: 3/9/81, MSG. (I would point to 6/22/73 as well).

Likewise a really sweet "Althea", in which Jerry clearly sings with passion and soul and the boys don't skimp on the jam, often bodes well. (See the oft-showcased by yours truly 5/1/81 for an example).

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Mar 21, 2008 8:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Set Barometer (this is really just an add-on to my previous post)

Your Althea point is fully backed up by the version here at the Rainbow show. Smokes.

As for Birdsong, again an excellent choice for a "glimpse of things to come".

And to expand a bit on my original theme, I guess I should have mentioned that it really applies to songs that are more commonly played first-setters that normally don't jump off the page at you, but in these cases they not only jump, but leap off the page and pummel you senseless.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2008-03-21 15:44:01